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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: 540) (ESC: MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Batteries in a DX5e
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    We've just been surveyed for it, the surveyor told us it is just over 30 miles away at present, the other side of the county. But he said that they would start in our area in October 2021 but it will go live in early 2022.
    BT aren't having anything to do with it, it's a private company hired by the county council. But anything to do with the local council takes ages. The best of it is that the SAS CAMP have had fibre since they moved here. Pity we can't link to that as they have mega speed. That's why it takes ages to do my research. Got to go visitors just arriving.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Batteries in a DX5e
    8 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Lucky beggar. The best speed we can get is 5.7kbs/ 175bs. Here in rural Herefordshire.
    And its getting slower all the time. No fibre in our location yet but could be here in 2022.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Repairs finished.
    12 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    After varnishing and rubbing back every day for the last 18 days. My launch is now ready to sail again.
    The varnish was applied with an excellent quality artist brush. And wet rubbed with 2000 grit wet and dry. All the minor blemishes in the deck planks were left as she is 57 years old and well used.
    I've just got to replace the missing fairlead and bow roller and get a replacement anchor.
    I'm working on an idea for a launching system that's usable almost anywhere based on aluminium scaffold poles as the track and a wheeled cradle that can have its angle adjustable to suit the water. I will put some sketches together for the appraisal of the world of model boats.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Toolbox
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks just like the one in my tool shed, just the right amount of ware and rust. Amazing stuff. Keep impressing us like this and you should upgraded to master modeller.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: My favourite job
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A finer example of true modelling skills is hard to find. WELL DONE!!! πŸ‘
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Veronica inside resin
    15 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great progress, looks like you'll soon be ready to water test. Did you thin the resin for ease of use. The inside finish really impressive.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Re: Back for Summer
    16 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks for the reflections of yesteryear.
    My Shadow was a scary rideven for me at 17yrs old after moving up from a Suzuki super six which was no slouch. I nearly gave up biking till an old workmate gave me his Ariel square four. A bit tame after the Vincent,
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Back for Summer
    17 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hey Doug, looks like my black shadow stolen in 1967 from Caldwell Park during a race day. Never did get it back and I only had it for 8 days. Third party insurance was all I could afford as an apprentice.
    Sala vie.
    Cheers Colin.

    black shadow
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    18 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Stunning fish, just a stupid question, does it swim using tail and fins.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Onetenor
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Pass on my wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: New supplies required!
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Agreed poundland is where I get most of my supplies. In Hereford they now stock uhu glues, and the self mixing 2pack epoxy is great. Should throw the mixing nozzle away after use, but I flush it out with cellulose thinner.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Tinker tailor should be tinker sailor.
    Keep on tinkering.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fenders and hanging blocks
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Like the fender idea, I have used the widgets out of beer cans for marker boys with a cocktail stick for the ID flag on top. (end of pot lines). I will have to try and get a photo to add as the app on my new tablet won't let me post a photo.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Super set of pics, you are a real master of the art of modelling, be it a simple boat or this crazy 🀣 fish. You obviously have patience in abundance and a reactive brain. πŸ‘
    Cheers Colin
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    21 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well we all like to ape the best.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    23 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Yes please. Build log.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Cats of course Doug, they ruin our garden and are always after my fish. The dog does his best, but he can't always be outside. I'd rather the local otters at least they only visit a couple of times each year.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wacky is what modelling is all about, that way we don't make mistakes only learn what is possible. Like your thinking matey.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I'll send you a few, they drive us mad here.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hey Martin, that's not fair cats are tastier, the dragon will get you if you fed patch to it.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steampunk Pike.
    25 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wonderful modelling, love the shape and detail.
    I must remember to carry my fishing gear if you ever sail in my area.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ€—

    fishing gear
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    28 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I like your tip, it reminded me of the way I have used cycle spokes as drive shafts, the spoke nuts are usually plated brass so can be used in brass props by drilling out then silver solder the nut into the prop after removing the plating.
    Cheers Colin.

    cycle spokes
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    30 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    No not me but was told this method by a fisherman that used to share a Boat with my dad, I've also used on various full size boats to seal water tight buoyancy compartments after storm damage. Mostly 16 to 30ft fishing boats.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘

    Boat
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Schooner
    30 days ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wow Nice model, does it sail, bit small for my big mits.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    My way of repairing a damaged balsa deck with no internal access.
    1-cut away carefully the damaged planks.
    2-cut a piece of ply or hardboard so that it just fits diagonally through the hole.
    3-drill a small hole in the centre an fit a piece of cord with a knot at the back.
    4-pass it through the hole making sure you don't let go, apply industrial strength super glue all around the edge and Pull up into the correct position and support by hanging the weight of the model plus a weight to pull up any indentation.
    5-after the glue has set, glue the cord in place then trim off flush with the board.
    6-check the fit of the removed wood and if necessary cut new pieces. Then glue it onto place using balsa cement.
    7-once set, carefully rub down and re-varnish. Followed by a rub down and as many coats as necessary. I tend to do 6 coats.
    Sorry for the lack of photos but the app won't let me upload any more. Gone to my Web browser and added the new pictures. Will post more after doing the the finishing varnish coats. πŸ€”
    Cheers Colin.

    app
    Web browser
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    πŸ“ water is wet and so was I.
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    This is one of the best Fairey decks I have ever seen on a model, you should put it in its own listing. I applaud your workmanship and patience. Keep it up shipmate.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘

    decks
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Puffer
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Super little puffer, Para Handy would be chuffed to sail in her.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Re: Battery backup
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    8 degrees c here and still raining. Might try sailing in the street.
    Cheers Colin. πŸ€”
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    πŸ“ HAZELGARTH
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi thought I'd try googling them and it turns out that the link you posted goes to their old site. I found the new site and emailed them and have had a reply with good news they do have plans and fittings available.
    Also it confirmed that its a 1/32 scale mode of the HAZELGARTH.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: The ladders
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Superb detail, keep up the wonderful work.
    Cheers Colin.πŸ‘
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